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What do three of the Democratic presidential candidates all have in common? They were all once fervent supporters of school choice.
Elizabeth Warren wrote a detailed section in a book about the promise and benefits of school vouchers, especially for those in struggling schools. Joe Biden spoke movingly on the Senate floor about the life-saving impact school choice could have on children living in the inner-city. Cory Booker was even on the board of the largest school choice organizations in the country alongside now-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Now that they’re all running for president, these candidates have flip-flopped on the issue while they attack DeVos, an ardent supporter of educational options for low-income families. These candidates are doing this at the behest of teachers' unions while turning their backs on their own Democratic constituents who support educational choice.
New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote a piece this month titled, "When Elizabeth Warren Agreed With Betsy DeVos," where he quoted passages from Warren's 2003 book, The Two-Income Trap. Warren wrote, “Fully funded vouchers would relieve parents from the terrible choice of leaving their kids in lousy schools or bankrupting themselves to escape those schools."
Brooks concluded, "This is exactly the argument that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses to support school choice." At the time, Warren was a professor at Harvard, a private university which accepts students on federal voucher programs like Pell Grants and the G.I. Bill.
Four years of Betsy DeVos is more than enough.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 4, 2019
As president, I’ll name a Secretary of Education who is actually an educator.
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